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The Sustainable Living Series at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Running from now until the end of June, The Sustainable Living Series is a set of workshops designed to help Australians embrace a greener lifestyle. Held at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, the events aim to inspire attendees to learn new skills for healthy living that won’t cost the earth.

Plastic Free Home

Saturday 24 March 2018
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $40 or $35 Foundation & Friends members

Plastic Free Home

Plastics have infiltrated every aspect of our lives from packaging to food storage to skincare and clothes. Consequences are negative for our health as chemicals from plastic packaging leaches into our food, and also for the environment, with plastic pollution devastating our oceans and poisoning precious wildlife.

Sustainability educator Margaret Mossakowska will explore ways to reduce the use of chemical-laden household maintenance products and eliminate plastic from your life by suggesting alternatives to common products.

Guests will also learn how to make a safe beeswax food wrap to take home.

Beekeeping for Beginners

Saturday 28 April 2018
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: GA $50, Friends and Foundation Member $45

Plastic Free Home

This three-hour hands-on session led by beekeeper and best-selling author of Backyard Bees and The Bee Friendly Garden, Doug Purdie, will take you through the basics for setting up a bee hive with practical tips and tricks on how to get yours started, including the basic tools, gear and legal requirements.

Guests will learn the importance of pollinators and the differences between native bees and European honey bees and also have the opportunity to spin some honey from the garden and taste the results.

Introduction to Fermenting

Saturday 26 May 2018
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: GA $40, Friends and Foundation Member $35

Introduction to Fermenting

Fermenting is one of the oldest methods of preserving food and enriches it by the action of bacteria and fungi. Fermented foods increase the diversity of our internal ecosystem – gut flora – by introducing and feeding a wide range of beneficial organisms for optimal gut health.

Sustainability educator Margaret Mossakowska will run a short presentation about the benefits of fermenting and about making ferments for health and beauty followed by a practical workshop during which guests will make a jar of delicious sauerkraut to take home.

Power of Healing Herbs

Saturday 30 June 2018
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: GA $40, Friends and Foundation Member $35

Power of Healing Herbs

The tradition of herbal lore is coming back in vogue as more people become concerned with avoiding artificial additives present in man-made pharmaceuticals. From calming tisanes, strengthening tinctures and throat gargles to burn gels and bruises ointments, herbs should be a part of every first aid kit.

Experienced sustainability educator Margaret Mossakowska will run a short presentation about healing herbal preparations for common ailments and will lead guests in a workshop to make their own medicinal ointment and headache tincture to take home.

Natural Skin Care

Saturday 28 July 2018
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: GA $40, Friends and Foundation Member $35

Natural Skin Care

Sustainability educator Margaret Mossakowska is back again for the final workshop in the series, running a short presentation about the benefits of making your own natural skincare products, with recipes and techniques for how.

The skin is our biggest organ and its ability to absorb substances present in our environment means that by using commercial cosmetics we expose ourselves to harmful agents. Natural skin and hair care products, toothpastes and deodorants can be easily made at home from common pantry items, fruits and herbs grown in your garden. Guests will learn how to make a small jar of cold cream to take home.

All events will be held in The Calyx, a spectacular venue of integrated indoor and outdoor areas that reinvents itself through emotively themed exhibitions that change on a regular basis. It currently plays host to a kaleidoscope of colour in the free floral display Pollination.

Sessions sizes are limited so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment via The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website or (02) 9231 8182.

All images courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

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